AIMIM President and MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, has dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contest the next Lok Sabha elections from Hyderabad adding that both will face humiliating defeat.
Addressing a public rally on Friday night, Owaisi said, “Mr Modi, you contest a seat from here also. If not fighting, send your Shah. I am telling Congressmen also. Both fight together, still Majlis (AIMIM) would be successful.”
The AIMIM chief also took a dim view of the PM Modi allegedly surrendering to the US government calling it an interference in India’s sovereignty.
“Who is he to tell India? Who are you to say take (oil) from here, from there? Would the US president say what to buy and from where by interfering in India’s sovereignty?” PTI quoted him as saying.
According to several media reports, the Centre’s Modi government has reportedly agreed to cut oil imports from Iran to “zero” by 4 November. This was after the US warned of sanctions in the event that India did not fall in place before the stipulated deadline adding that there would be no waivers to anyone.
Iran is India’s third-largest oil supplier behind Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Iran supplied 18.4 million tonnes of crude oil during April 2017 and January 2018 (first 10 months of 2017-18 fiscal), reported PTI.
Taking a swipe at the BJP government led by Modi, Owaisi sought to remind how the prime minister’s supporters had said that oil prices would come down (to Rs 40 per litre) if he became Prime Minister, but the price has now gone up to Rs 82.